Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) – Energy Industry Coordination

Summary

On 29 June 2022, the ACCC received an application from Australian Energy Market Operator Limited (AEMO) seeking authorisation for itself, its related Bodies Corporate and current and future energy industry participants to discuss, enter into or give effect to any contract, arrangement or understanding between them, or engage in any conduct, related to certain coordination and information sharing activities that have the purpose of ensuring the safe, secure and reliable operation of energy systems for the benefit of both competition and consumers, minimising the risk of energy outages, and/or ensuring the continued operation and integrity of the National Electricity Market (NEM).

In addition to these required purposes, the proposed conduct is subject to a number of other limitations and proposed conditions.

Specifically, the conduct relates to:

  • coordinating repairs and maintenance
  • sharing essential personnel
  • sharing essential inputs
  • sharing information regarding ongoing operation
  • deferring non-essential works, and
  • managing system stability.

On 1 July 2022, the ACCC granted urgent interim authorisation, with conditions, to enable the participants to engage in the above conduct, subject to some amendments and limitations, prior to the ACCC’s final determination.

On 25 August 2022, the ACCC released a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation with conditions for the conduct until 31 March 2023.

The ACCC is now seeking submissions on the draft determination. Further details about the arrangements and how to make a submission can be found in the Application and the ACCC’s letter to interested parties below, respectively.

If you wish to make a submission, please do so by 9 September 2022.

An indicative timetable for the ACCC’s assessment is set out below:

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

29 June 2022

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

1 July 2022

ACCC decision regarding interim authorisation

1 July 2022

Public consultation process begins.

20 July 2022

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

3 August 2022

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

25 August 2022

Draft determination.

August/September 2022

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

September/October 2022

Final determination.

 

Applicant(s)

  • Australian Energy Market Operator Limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000618-1